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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a platforming compilation for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The collection presents three classic, cartoony platforming games: 1996's Crash Bandicoot, 1997's Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and 1998's Crash Bandicoot: Warped. While there's some mild violence -- Crash does a spin move that sends his enemies flying -- the game's cartoonish look and tone mean there's no blood or gore. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
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What's it about?
As a collection of three games, the CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY has three stories. In Crash Bandicoot, our hero has to stop the evil Dr. Neo Cortex from taking over the world, while also rescuing his girlfriend. Then, in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Dr. Cortex coerces Crash to do his bidding. Finally, in Crash Bandicoot: Warped, our favorite Australian marsupial travels through time to, what else, save the world from Dr. Cortex. Some people never learn. Newly added to these games are two bonus levels: Stormy Ascent, a previously unreleased stage for the original Crash Bandicoot, and Future Tense, a brand new level set in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, with fast-paced projectiles, pitfalls, and other hazards.
Is it any good?
Though they're three classics from the late '90s, the action games on this compilation are as fresh and challenging as they were when they came out on the first PlayStation. Much like the WipEout Omega Collection, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy presents aurally and visually remastered versions of three classic games: 1996's Crash Bandicoot, 1997's Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and 1998's Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Platformers in the vein of Mario's greatest adventures, all three have you running, jumping, and spinning your way through sadistic obstacle courses full of traps, explosive boxes, surly monkeys, and other hazards.
But while the three games in this collection are as good as we remember them, these versions add a few small things that make them even better. Most notably, you can now play them as Crash's similarly skilled sister, Coco. The game also automatically saves after every level. And if you do well at the Time Trials -- in which you replay a level with the added challenge of having to beat the clock -- it will upload your best time to online leaderboards so that you can brag on a worldwide scale. But be warned: There are some new levels included in the compilation that will put your platforming skills (and your patience) to the test. Stormy Ascent is a previously unreleased stage for the original Crash set in a tower, with lots of moving platforms, disappearing stairs, and spike traps. Future Tense, on the other hand, is a new stage for Crash 3, where you'll have to dodge incoming fire, moving lasers, and large pits. Both of the new stages require split-second timing, and even experienced players will have a challenge surviving each stage. Regardless of how you play each game, or even the new stages, though, the three games in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy are as perplexing and engaging as they always were. It's great that new audiences can experience them in this new collection.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about saving the world. In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Crash is trying to save the world. How far would you go to save the world?
To do well in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, you need good reflexes. How else can you improve your reflexes, without putting some poor, unsuspecting marsupial in danger?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: June 29, 2018
- Genre: Arcade
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
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